ambliFibre – adaptive model-based Control for laser-assisted Fibre-reinforced tape winding

Project ambliFibre

Within ambliFibre, the first intelligent model-based controlled laser-assisted tape winding system for fibre-reinforced thermoplastic (FRP) components was developed and validated, thereby serving the needs of tomorrow´s energy production and storage with an enhanced reliable, flexible, easily manageable and cost efficient manufacturing technology.
ambliFibre combined thermal and optical simulation models embedded into an integral process control with novel machine,

laser and quality monitoring technologies.
For the first time a manufacturing system for thermoplastic composites was realised, which is able not only to drastically reduce the occurring waste,
but also predict potentially arising failure in order to reduce machine downtimes. Statistical reliability and maintenance models for detection of critical elements and definition of their reliability were developed to prevent sudden machine breakdowns and allow defining the most cost-efficient maintenance schedule.

Thus ambliFibre serves as a major breakthrough for the continuous and discontinuous production of neuralgic tape-wound tubular composite components, such as tanks for automotive application or composite ultra-deep-water risers.

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The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement
No. 678875
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